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MYPRISM: Override Your Autopilot Choose Mindful Leadership

Key Concept

In today’s fast-moving and complex world we need to use short-cuts and ‘heuristics’ to help us manage the deluge of situations we encounter in our personal and professional lives. However, relying to much on these ‘autopilot’ responses prevents us from being intentional about the way we operate, the way we lead.

This is the core message at the heart of the book MYPRISM, written by six experiences executive coaches from the Institute of Coaching, who compromise the Kantologos team.

In this live session recording, two of those authors, Douglas Choo and Rolf Pfeiffer share the thinking, methodology and critical elements of the MYPRISM framework – and engage in a lively debate around the topic.

You can purchase the book here.

The discussion summary is posted below:

Full Conversation Recording



  • Intro to thinking and discovery session. 0:11
    • Ideas for leaders, thinking and discovery session.
    • Good leadership is not intellectually complex.
    • Co-authors of the book.
    • How to get a print copy of my prison
  • Introduction to the book. 3:37
    • Six people can’t write one book, yet they did.
    • The first element of the book.
    • Why Douglas, Beth and Fernando wrote the book.
    • Mindfulness in the context of leadership.
  • What do we see what do we notice? 8:59
    • Exploring the four perspectives people can take.
    • Understanding the four realities.
    • Reality, whose reality as a leader.
    • The chapter for ross, the book.
    • Making sense of all the data points.
    • Staging and actionable steps.
  • The importance of asking the right questions. 16:24
    • Importance of inquiry, investigation and inspire.
    • The importance of staging and staging.
    • How staging relates to reflecting, prototyping, testing and verifying.
    • The phrase better done than perfect.
    • The importance of taking the first step.
    • Coaching is only relevant if there is a transformation.
  • Importance of acquiring habit and mindset. 23:34
    • Acquiring habit and mindset in prison letters.
    • Mindfulness and intentionality in the book.
    • Every one of us has a superpower.
    • The importance of creating a new way of being.
    • The seven elements of the my prison approach.
    • Using autopilot to be more intentional.
  • How to develop a habit of being intentional about being aware. 30:05
    • A big radar screen with a beam of light.
    • Understanding the concept of autopilot.
    • The first step to expanding the space between stimulus and response.
    • Sergio asks a question.
    • 30 people in the room, 30 people complaining about Mike.
    • Three pages of flip-chart paper.
  • How to generate surprising or unexpected questions? 36:38
    • How Douglas generates surprising or unexpected questions.
    • The first step to mindfulness is naming emotions.
    • Mindfully alert of external and internal conditions.
    • The fifth option, do nothing.
  • The five c’s of courage. 41:32
    • The five c’s and the five human conditions.
    • The first c, c for curiosity.
    • Get away from the fight, flight or freeze response.
    • The epilogue is important.
    • How does autopilot serve you.
    • The importance of being aware of bias.
  • How to switch off autopilot. 48:44
    • Autopilot fueled by past experience, not future option or possibility.
    • Fear and anxiety can cause autopilot.
    • Fernando and John chime in.
    • The utility of autopilot in the world.
  • The management hierarchy and the management hierarchy. 54:54
    • The importance of working with the management hierarchy.
    • How to get a copy of MYPRISM
    • Closing remarks quoting Arnold Schwarzenegger, ‘no one ever made muscles by watching you workout’.



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